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    Former Intern - Synthetic Organic Chemist in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Synthetic Organic Chemist in Stevenage, England (UK)
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    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Frequent seminars describing new scientific discoveries within the company with guest speakers from elsewhere also. A lot of support given in the development of placement students, PhD students, and staff. Freedom given with your project in the synthetic routes with thorough background information about your project to see where you are really making an impact. Not just treated as a "lab monkey" as I've heard from other synthetic placements. Core values of the company are positive and its good to see that you make a positive contribution to scientific discovery in an ethically right area.

    Cons

    Chemists had to write their reports in their own time (outside of working hours) whereas biologists had the freedom to do so whilst working.

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    Computational Biologist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stevenage, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Stevenage, England (UK)) in December 2016.

    Interview

    context: I am trying to get an industry research job directly after graduating with a PhD in bioinformatics.
    Applied to job ad on website. Phone interview 2 weeks later. Then I got invited for a 5 hour in person interview in Stevenage, UK. The company paid for travel expenses and organized a driver to pick me up at LHR airport. The inteview consisted of 4 30 minutes individual interviews ( hiring manager and one other group leader/director, 1 manager of communication between departments, 1 prospective colleague). Lunch with 2 prospective colleagues at their cafeteria. 45 minutes presentation to about 10 people about my PhD research and finally 1 hour panel (4 people, all of them scientists) interview with a personality/behavioural part and a technical part.

    * There was some last-minute planning. I did not get an agenda in advance and my talk was changed from 45 minutes plus time for questions to 45 minutes including numerous questions on the evening before the interview.

    * People were friendly and the atmosphere was quite relaxed for an interview. Dresscode seems to be casual to smart casual. I (and the driver) were the only people in a full suit.

    * The research campus in Stevenage is huge and contains thousands of researchers. They have huge open offices and often little knowledge about what their colleagues are working on.

    * Everyone asked about motivation to do industry research/choosing GSK. They expected detailed answers.

    * In each part of the interview it was expected that I ask numerous questions about the job.

    * They told me that that will interview two other candidates and decide for one of us.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work in the pharmaceutical Industry/For GlaxoSmithKline (by many people, in many versions)? What is your educational background? What are your career plans, would you like to manage people or projects? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you like/not like about your current job? How do you feel about not being able to continue a project? How far is your progress in writing your thesis? Are you willing to relocate? How much do you know about pharmaceutical research/biology. Do you have wetlab experience? Which part of your computational experience will be the most useful for GSK?   Answer Question
    • Describe your programming experience? What is your favourite R package? What is C++ stxxl? What use does C++ boost have for computational biology? Are you interested in implementing/standardising pipelines?   Answer Question
    • What types of -omics data have you worked on? Given the interest to work in Pharma, why did you not try to work on some human/medical data during your PhD? What was the last computational biology paper that you liked? Could you explain the work of the ENCODE project? How can GWAS be used to infer causality? How to design a best practice system for NGS data analysis? Given FASTQ files produced by a collaborator, how can you get differentially expressed genes? What strategies can be used to infer causality between differentially methylated regions and differentially expressed transcripts without the need for hundreds of samples?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when: you had a conflict with a colleague, took initiative to change something, did something that didn't work, used teamwork, learned something new, solved a problem, coped with a sudden change.   Answer Question
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